Why Ozzie really loves the Twins

Why Ozzie really loves the Twins

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 18:49
"Hey Ozzie, if you love the Twins so much, why don't you marry them?'' Throw in a couple of profanities and a slur or two, and you're pretty much reading most of the e-mails White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been getting lately. Without a doubt, Guillen is a big fan of the AL Central rival Twins. He likes their scrappy style of play and their manager (Ron Gardenhire). But it goes much deeper than that. When asked about Justin Morneau, Minnesota's slugging first baseman, before the first of four big games at the Metrodome Monday, here's what Ozzie said: "They have, to me, the best hitter in baseball, and nobody says anything about this kid,'' Guillen said. "If this kid was playing for New York, Boston, Chicago, the Cubs, anybody else, this kid would be the king, he'd own baseball. But he plays for the Minnesota Twins.'' Guillen could have very well substituted the White Sox for the Twins at the end of that quote. He won't come right out and say it, but Guillen thinks the Sox and the Twins are better than the Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs, but not nearly as popular. Guillen makes more wild statements than any manager in baseball, but a lack of respect _ perceived or not _ is the only thing that continually sets him off.
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